Since I've seen a couple other project/custom threads here, I figured I'd start posting progress pics of my custom Apex II.
I love idea of the Apex II (string-thru fixed bridge, 1vol knob only, etc), but hate the green paint and the super-tight fretboard radius of the neck. Basically, i wanted an Apex II with a maple top, natural oil finish, and the same neck specs as what's on my RG1527M.
So, I got in touch with someone who was selling some fairly impressive Ibby replacement bodies on ebay, and he agreed to do an Apex II body and 1527M neck for me (or, as close as you can realistically get). I'll do everything else... electronics, oil finish, assembly & setup, etc.
The woods aren't super fancy or highly-figured--and this is on purpose. This will be a player, and I wanted to cut costs a bit. So, I only asked for "decent" looking woods.
Here are the progress pics thus far:
About 2 weeks after I sent a deposit, he sent me this...
A couple weeks later, he sent these:
The neck and body arrived a couple weeks ago, and everything looks good... albeit with some rough edges here and there. I'll probably have to do some fine sanding, maybe a little fretwork, etc. but that was all part of the agreement. He did most of the heavy lifting and I'm pretty excited.
Unfortunately, I'm smack in the middle of packing to move to Arizona, so I won't be able to pick this project back up for at least a few weeks. I'll continue to post pics as I get to it.